Everybody remembers the day back In June 2003 when the Miami Heat drafted future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade. That year, Wade was third in the Rookie of the Year balloting behind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. In the playoffs the Heat franchise witnessed how their rookie guard surprised the league and led them to the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
In the 2004 NBA Draft the Heat had the 19th overall pick and they selected high school star Dorell Wright out of South Kent Prep in Connecticut. As soon as the Heat drafted Wright one of the first people to reach out to him was Wade. Wade understood the pressures of being a franchise's first round pick and, knowing that Wright came out of high school, wanted to make sure he knew what it took to be a professional.
Even though Wright joined the Heat in the summer of 2004 he wasn't even the biggest addition that summer. Pat Riley orchestrated a trade to get Shaquille O' Neal and with that trade, expectations got higher. No longer a team on the rise because of its talented young core, it was now a championship contender and ready to immediately compete for a title.
Wright didn't play much during his rookie or sophomore seasons and watched how his mentor Wade delivered a masterful NBA Finals performance to help capture the franchise's first NBA Championship in 2006. The years that followed the Heat watched Wright grow into his own and turned out to be one of the best 3 and D players in the NBA because of his good three point shooting and stout defense.
In the summer of 2010 and with Pat Riley trying to achieve the greatest free agency haul in NBA history, he landed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Wade in pursuit of many more championships. With the Heat having to sign all three of their stars to max deals it was hard for them to keep Wright too. Wright decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors where he continued showing the rest of the NBA that he was a very good role player who can knock down threes and play stout defense.
Wright had gotten recognized as a three-point specialist by the NBA when he was invited to participate in the three point shootout in the 2011 NBA All Star Weekend. By the end of the season he broke the record for the most three point shots in a season for the Golden State Warriors franchise at the time. After this he made two more NBA stops with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers before playing in China this season.
It is now a week left in the NBA season and Wright longed to come back to the NBA and the franchise that drafted him. He loves the organization, calling it first class and respects Wade so much that his son's middle name is Dwyane.
The Heat have now signed Wright but how can it help? I believe that having Wright can the help the Heat in many ways. It won't be long for Wright to understand the system because he's familiar with it being a player with the Heat for six years. It gives the team another veteran presence that knows what it takes to win a championship. It also gives the Heat another veteran to be able to talk to rookies Josh Richardson and Justice Winslow with the playoffs being their first ever appearance. Lastly it gives the Heat insurance in case of injury and you can throw Wright and always ready veteran that can contribute when called upon.
Overall it's a solid addition without any risk. By signing Wright, he can help the Heat on and off the court as they get ready to make some noise in the playoffs.